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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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4Play: The Gaslight Anthem, The La‘s, Arcade Fire, We Are Scientists

Kristi Kates - July 26th, 2010
The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang - Side One Dummy
Despite looking like they were part of the cast of The Commitments (the 1991 movie about Irish rockers), The Gaslight Anthem is actually from New Jersey, where they’ve adapted bits of The Ramones and Bruce Springsteen both into their sound. Their sophomore set on the SideOneDummy label, this album is loaded with mean-street guitar riffs, soulful character sketches, and chugging rhythms. Highlights include the experimental “Diamond Street Church Choir,” the anthemic “Orphans,” and the memorable reminiscer “Old Haunts.”





The La’s - Callin’ All 1986-1987 - 101
This nifty box set of the underrated Brit band includes plenty of extras, from a 60-page liner notes booklet, a plethora of never-before-seen photos, and several live recordings from London’s Town and Country Club and The Marquee. But of course, it’s the music that La’s fans are primarily here for, and that’s here tenfold, encompassed in a 95-track listing of the band’s hit (singular) and rare tracks. The trick? Many of the tracks are repeated in different versions, but at least you get the hit (“There She Goes”) and some great B-sides.




Arcade Fire - The Suburbs - Merge
Brothers Win and Will Butler are said to have themed their latest set after a pair of influences - one, their own upbringing in the suburbs of Houston, TX; and two, musicians like Joe Strummer and Bob Dylan, who carried worldly vibes even though they were just suburb kids, too. Surprisingly (or not? Who knows what the marketing plan was), the first two singles released are actually the two best tracks on the set - “The Suburbs” with its pensive lyrics contrasting against bright synths and a hooky refrain, and the upbeat, fast-moving “...May.”





We Are Scientists - Barbara - Red General
Snagging former Razorlight drummer Andy Burrows to take care of the beats, Keith Austin Murray and Christopher Ian Cain, aka We Are Scientists, recorded their latest set in London, L.A., and NYC, sticking with the diversity among the bandmates that equals them out to one melodically diverse band. Less produced than previous efforts, Barbara’s tunes are catchy and propulsive, from the recurrent chorus of “Nice Guys” to the self-assured alt-pop panache of “I Don’t Bite” to the surprising interruption of the mellower “Foreign Kicks.”

 
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